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brave adj. (neither sense is pre-Eliz.)
1. finely arrayed; (hence) showy, splendid Shr. Ind. i. 40 “brave attendants,” Sonn. xv. 8 “wear their brave state out of memory,” Pilgr. xii. 4 [160] “Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.”
2. very freq. used as an epithet of praise of persons and things: excellent, capital, fine Ado. V. iv. 131 “brave punishments,” AYL. III. iv. 41 “that's a brave man! he writes brave verses, speaks brave words, swears brave oaths,” 1H4 IV. i. 7 “a braver place In my heart's love” ; (ironically) Ham. II. ii. 619.
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